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Give your dad a wellness upgrade this Father’s Day


We gave the cliched, played-out Father's Day gifts a wellness, fitness-focused makeover. Goodbye grilling book or aftershave. Hello China Study and Naturopathica!

healthy Father's Day giftsFather’s Day gifts tend to be as cliched and played out as the idea of Ward Cleaver coming home to a slippers, a pipe, and a hot dinner.

So we gave the old-school Dad’s Day gifts a Well+Good-style wellness makeover.

Meet the new school of fitness-focused Father’s Day gifts.

 

SocksOld School: Argyle socks
New School: CEP Running Compression Socks, $60, JackRabbit Sports
Compression socks improve blood flow, and therefore performance and recovery. Pro athletes swear by them, but weekend warriors love them, too. And everyone should wear them on long-haul flights.

 
 

The China StudyOld School: A book about how to grill 50 different cuts of meat
New School: The China Study, $10.17 on Amazon.com
He may not get past page 2 of Crazy, Sexy, Diet (or allow it on his coffee table). But what dad could resist The China Study‘s riveting science-based examination of nutrition by heavy-hitter researcher T. Colin Campbell? (Plus you can borrow the book when he’s done reading it.)

 

Naturopathica men's gift setOld School: Old Spice Aftershave gift set
New School: Naturopathica Shave Gift Box, $40, Naturopathica.com
A macho dad may not warm to the feminine packaging of some natural beauty brands like Josie Maran. But the cool, understated aesthetic of this Naturopathica set, which comes with facial cleanser, shaving cream, and moisturizer, will soothe his skin and his manhood.

Nike sport band
Old School: A watch
New School: Nike+ SportBand, $59, Nike.com
We cave to cliche on this point: Dads love gadgets. But here’s a healthy update on an old chestnut: The Nike SportBand will record his pace, distance, time, and calories burned, and it has a detachable USB so he can track his runs as he improves. Though, of course, he’s already a winner to us. —Lisa Elaine Held